Also published on this date: Monday, October 1 Dedicated Issue: DK Eyewitness Travel

Shelf Awareness for Monday, October 1, 2018

Scholastic Press: Future Hero by Remi Blackwood

Sourcebooks Explore: Black Boy, Black Boy by Ali Kamanda and Jorge Redmond, illustrated by Ken Daley

Berkley Books: Pride and Protest by Nikki Payne; A Dash of Salt and Pepper by Kosoko Jackson; Astrid Parker Doesn't Fail by Ashley Herring Blake

Soho Crime: Cruz by Nicolás Ferraro, translated by Mallory N. Craig-Kuhn

Ace Books: Station Eternity (The Midsolar Murders) by Mur Lafferty

St. Martin's Press: Maame by Jessica George


Lane Jacobson Buys Paulina Springs Books in Oregon

Lane Jacobson, manager and lead buyer at Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, N.C., has bought Paulina Springs Books, Sisters, Ore., which had been owned by Brad Smith, who died in May. Smith and his wife, Randi Schuyler, bought the store in 2003. With his sister, Cynthia Claridge, Smith opened a second location in Redmond, but sold that store when he was diagnosed with cancer.

Smith, Schuyler and Claridge put Paulina Springs Books on the market in February. At the time, they noted that the store has 3,240 square feet, with a customer base of locals, regularly returning vacationers and tourists "passing through." New books account for 74% of sales, while toys and games are 11.5% of sales. Over the past decade, the store's sales have risen almost every year and are approaching $500,000.

Paulina Springs Books was founded in 1992 by Diane Campbell and Dick Sandvik; after they sold the store in 2003, it expanded twice, adding product lines and inventory, and new equipment.

Lane Jacobson

In an announcement to customers about the sale, Cynthia Claridge wrote in part, "We are selling the store to an experienced, energetic and enthusiastic new owner. Lane Jacobson will be leading the store and adding his own perspective to the store's future. I am confident Brad would have been very happy handing the reins to Lane. Randi, Brad's wife, and I are very pleased that someone with Lane's talent and eagerness will be guiding the store."

Jacobson began his bookselling career at Booky Joint, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., where he was born and raised. He has worked at Flyleaf Books for six years, and is a founding member of the American Booksellers Association's Diversity Task Force.

In the Paulina Springs Books announcement, Jacobson thanked the owners and staff of Paulina Springs Books for keeping the store going after Brad Smith's death and thanked the store's customers and members of the community for their support of the store. "In the time I've spent getting to know Paulina Springs Books, nothing has stood out more than the outsized personality and character that Brad integrated into the store. You may see a few tweaks made here and there for the long-term health of the store, but folks can rest assured that I have the deepest appreciation for what Brad has done here and every intention of maintaining the spirit of the store."

He added: "My devotion to independent bookselling runs deep, and I am beyond thrilled to become a part of the Paulina Springs Books family and engaged member of the Sisters community."

Jacobson's boss for the past six years, Jamie Fiocco, owner of Flyleaf Books, offered her congratulations: "We're thrilled to have helped Lane realize his dream of owning his own independent bookstore on the West Coast, but are sorry to have him leave our team. We thank Lane for the six years he spent with us--he's been a big part of Flyleaf's continued success--and look forward to watching him run his own shop and visiting with him at national conferences.... Lane's been a great friend to all of us here and we will really, absolutely miss him, although I will not miss having to store the Star Wars Millennium Falcon he built of Legos."

As a result of Jacobson's departure, Colin Sneed has been named operations manager of Flyleaf, managing staff and placing wholesaler orders; and Elese Stutts is becoming children's manager and lead buyer, adding adult frontlist and backlist buying to her responsibilities.

Disney-Hyperion: Drizzle, Dreams, and Lovestruck Things by Maya Prasad

Diversity Review Prompts Carnegie, Kate Greenaway Changes

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals has expanded the nominations process for the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards to other industry bodies and is introducing a "children's choice" prize as part of its response to the recommendations of an independently chaired diversity review. Last year CILIP appointed Dr. Margaret Casely-Hayford to lead an examination of how books are nominated for the awards after the 2017 Carnegie longlist failed to include a BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) author. The full report was released last week.

"I am encouraged by the solidarity and collaborative spirit from members of the book industry who have contributed to this Review and demonstrated commitment to lasting change," she wrote in her foreword to the report. "It is evident that the current state of diversity, representation and inclusion in children’s books must improve and I welcome efforts from the publishing industry and its allies to achieve this.... Due to the great influence of art and culture on aspiration, achievement, and its ability to create an environment of awareness, empathy, and inclusion, this Review has been met with high expectations. Key measures need to be introduced by CILIP immediately both to demonstrate real change in culture and to trigger actions that will achieve necessary outcomes and objectives."

The report includes 10 recommendations made by Dr. Casely-Hayford:

  1. Explicitly champion diversity through the Awards' strategies, development plans and messages
  2. Recognize a diverse range of voices and perspectives
  3. Expand the diversity profile of the judges
  4. Establish an equality, diversity and inclusion advisory panel
  5. Strengthen the diversity training that librarian judges receive
  6. Review the Awards criteria
  7. Empower and celebrate the children and young people involved in the Awards
  8. Strengthen the governance that supports the Awards' strategic direction
  9. Raise greater awareness of diverse books amongst librarians
  10. Increase outreach

As a result of these recommendations, CILIP's CEO Nick Poole noted that with the support of the CILIP Youth Libraries Group, "we have been able to take action which will impact on the current Awards process, while also looking ahead to our long-term strategy. announced that the organization." These actions include:

  • A new mission for the Awards: To inspire and empower the next generation to create a better world through books and reading
  • Opening up the nominations process to external nominating bodies
  • Creating a list of eligible books by diverse authors and illustrators
  • Expanding the judging panel to bring in a broader range of perspectives and experiences into the judging process
  • Setting up an equality, diversity and inclusion advisory panel
  • Providing judges with enhanced diversity training
  • Introducing a children’s choice prize
  • Celebrating new and emerging talent though a quarterly publication of top 10 new voices

Poole also expressed his gratitude to Dr. Casely-Hayford "for her skillful chairing of this Diversity Review. It is thanks to her that we have been able to welcome a broad range of voices and perspectives into this process, and the resulting recommendations are much stronger for it."

AuthorBuzz for the Week of 06.27.22

Eric Carle Honors: Celebrating Picture Books

Eric Carle (photo: Johnny Wolf)

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art celebrated the winners of the 13th annual Eric Carle Honors at Guastavino's in New York City last Thursday. The museum's annual benefit gala recognizes individuals whose "creative vision and dedication are an inspiration to everyone who values picture books."

Author, illustrator and museum creator Eric Carle opened the event with some brief remarks. "I was reluctant to speak today," he began, "because I feel my age." Still, the 89-year-old Carle kicked off the evening on a hopeful and jubilant note: "Be merry. Have good conversation. Make new friends," he directed the crowd before inviting the Funkrust Brass Band onto the stage.

(L.-r.) 2018 Carle Honors honorees Lynn Caponera, Dona Ann McAdams and Rudine Sims Bishop; Eric Carle; Andrea Davis Pinkney; honorees Paul O. Zelinsky and Elena Pasoli; co-chair Michael Neugebauer. (Photo: Johnny Wolf)

Children's book publisher, author and Carle Museum trustee Andrea Davis Pinkney served as host for the awards, recognizing the winners of the four awards: Artist, Angel, Mentor and Bridge. "The Carle Honors was the inspiration of Leonard S. Marcus," explained Carle director of development Rebecca Miller Goggins. Marcus created a collection of awards designed to acknowledge the "behind-the-scenes" people in the publishing world: the Artist award, given this year to Caldecott-winning author and illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky, honors lifelong innovation in the field; Mentor, bestowed upon children's literature scholar Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, thanks editors, designers and educators who champion the art form. The Angel honor, recognizing individuals whose resources "are crucial to making picture book art exhibitions, education programs and related projects," was given to the Sendak Fellowship & Workshop, represented by Lynn Caponera and Dona Ann McAdams. The Bologna Children's Book Fair, represented by Elena Pasoli, received the Bridge award, celebrating people who "have found inspired ways" to bring the art of picture book to a broader audience.

Andrea Davis Pinkney (photo : Johnny Wolf)

Pinkney was a charming and effervescent host, calling the event a tribute to "the man who has given us wings." Pasoli gave a passionate speech, dedicating her award to all of the children around the world who suffer "because of the violence and stupidity of adults.... I hope they will be strong and forgive." Lynn Caponera and Dona Ann McAdams expressed their great pleasure at being a part of the Maurice Sendak Foundation, and continuing his good works; Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop thanked the Carle, pointing out that "picture books have been instrumental in bringing color into the all-white world" of children's literature. Author/illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky closed the presentation portion of the evening by proclaiming the world of children's books "the best world in the world."

The inaugural Carle Honors was held in 2006; the auction was added to the event in 2009. "The art auction grew organically from the event," Miller Goggins said. "We wanted to include original art, the cornerstone of our mission, as a key element of the event." The works up for auction were all original pieces that the Carle asked artists to submit "in a medium of their choice that honors the art of children's books." More than 20 original pieces from artists such as R.W. Alley, Diane Dillon, Christian Robinson, Chris Van Allsburg, Brian Pinkney and Antoinette Portis were up for grabs, and an original Eric Carle piece went for a record-breaking $47,800. Artists and donors alike supported the museum, raising more than $100,000 in one evening. Miller Goggins said that the money raised at the event brings outreach to Title One schools, allows for special free admission museum days and book giveaways, and lets the Carle offer "free access programs for families in need." --Siân Gaetano, children's and YA editor, Shelf Awareness

Blackstone Publishing: Beasts of the Earth by James Wade

Dartmouth Bookstore Landlord Says He Wants to Help Store Stay Open

More on the Dartmouth Bookstore, Hanover, N.H., which is closing at the end of the year because Barnes & Noble College and the landlord have been unable to agree on a new lease:

Jay Campion, managing trustee for the building's family ownership group, told the Valley News that he laments the closing and has "taken steps to accommodate Barnes & Noble, helping it to downsize from more than 44,000 square feet in 2009--which included property owned by another landlord--to just under 21,700 square feet today," Valley News wrote.

"I'll do whatever possible to facilitate an agreement so that the store will be kept open for the benefit of the greater Upper Valley, Hanover and the Dartmouth community," he told the newspaper.

For his part, B&N College v-p of stores Paul Maloney said, "We're heartbroken. "This is not what we wanted. We loved being in the Hanover community and we wanted to stay.... We just can't keep incurring losses."

The Dartmouth Bookstore has an unusual history. Founded in 1872 by Dartmouth College students, it was bought by the Storrs family in 1883, according to the paper. John Schiffman, who owned the store from 2004 to 2009, brought in B&N to manage the operation, then in 2009 sold the store to B&N College, which usually operates campus stores.

Currently Dartmouth Bookstore doesn't sell academic textbooks and "largely resembles other Barnes & Noble retail stores, save for an abundance of Dartmouth College-themed apparel and accessories," Valley News wrote. "Like many Barnes and Noble locations, it has large children's and young adult sections and includes a Starbucks cafe."

Penn State University Press: The Seven Democratic Virtues: What You Can Do to Overcome Tribalism and Save Our Democracy by Christopher Beem

Obituary Note: David Wong Louie

American author David Wong Louie, "who drew on his experiences as the son of Chinese immigrants to create stories that explored identity, alienation and acceptance," died September 19, the New York Times reported. He was 63. Louie published one novel, The Barbarians Are Coming (2000), and one short story collection, Pangs of Love (1991), "but his work won awards and acclaim" as well as influencing younger writers like Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Sympathizer). His story "Displacement" was included in One Hundred Years of the Best American Short Stories.

"His stories read now as if they were written yesterday," Nguyen wrote in a foreword for a forthcoming edition of Pangs of Love (University of Washington Press). "They remain powerful, moving, relevant, urgent, and they persist in that way because of the author's imagination, his capacity to tell a story, his wit and humor."

A UCLA professor emeritus of creative writing and Asian American literary studies, Louie "forged a powerfully eloquent voice that mapped with deep sensitivity and darkly comic wit, the trials and insights born of inhabiting and navigating the difficult and often invisible spaces between white America and Chinese America," UCLA wrote in a tribute.

Ali Behdad, the John Charles Hillis Professor of Literature and the director of the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, said, "It is quite rare to find a great writer, an inspiring teacher and a wonderful human being in the same body, but David Wong Louie was the embodiment of that exceptional combination."


Image of the Day: Full House for Dreams

Author Francis Henderson and illustrator Karissa Bettendorf read their new rhyming bedtime story Dreams to a full house at their book launch party hosted by Francie & Finch Bookshop in downtown Lincoln, Neb.

Happy 40th Birthday, Annie Bloom's Books!

Congratulations to Annie Bloom's Books, Portland, Ore., which will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Sunday, October 28, with an afternoon party. The bookshop will serve cake, sparkling beverages, and coffee; raffle off prizes; and have a weekend sale on select titles. At 2 p.m., a toast will be made to Bobby "Annie" Tichenor, owner and co-founder of the store, who said, "Even though I am semi-retired, I am blessed to come in, wander around, run errands and contribute my bit most afternoons."

Tichenor founded the store with her original business partner, Susan Bloom, in 1978. Her second partner was Gloria Borg Olds. The initially store opened across the street from its current location, where it's been since 1983.

The store has thrived, Tichenor said, in large part because of a customer base that appreciates the value of supporting an independent neighborhood business. "We have always envisioned Annie Bloom's as a place of both retreat and gathering; available for support or solitude. People have fallen in love and found open hearts and minds when in need. There is very little turnover in staff and many have been around for many years. A more diverse and wonderful group could not be found. It is truly a family."

One member of that family is store manager Will Peters, who joined the staff in 1992. "I brought in my resume, and Bobby talked to me for a few minutes and suggested I 'come in the next day to look at the inventory system,' " he said. "I never really was sure I had been hired, so I've just kept coming in every day. That was 26 and a half years ago."

Cool Idea of the Day: Australian Reading Hour

More than 1,240 organizations and 2,324 readers registered to participate in Australian Reading Hour on September 20, "a huge increase in participation from last year's inaugural campaign," Books+Publishing reported. This year's effort, using the theme "Make a date with a book," included 112 events and extensive social media coverage under the hashtags #ReadingHour and #TaketheTime.

"We were absolutely thrilled with the political, community, industry, media and social media response to the Australian Reading Hour this year," said ARH chair and Hachette CEO Louise Sherwin-Stark. "We've extended our reach and trended at number one all day on Twitter, and seen much more evidence of grass roots engagement."

Media and Movies

Media Heat: Eric Idle on Colbert's Late Show

Today Show: Tiffani Thiessen, author of Pull Up a Chair: Recipes from My Family to Yours (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $30, 9781328710307).

Fresh Air: Greg Miller, author of The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy (Custom House, $29.99, 9780062803702).

The View: Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, authors of The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History (Dutton, $28, 9781101986677). They will also appear on the Tonight Show.

Daily Show: Carol Anderson, author of One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy (Bloomsbury, $27, 9781635571370).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Eric Idle, author of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography (Crown Archetype, $27, 9781984822581).

Hannity: Tucker Carlson, author of Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution (Free Press, $28, 9781501183669). He will also appear tomorrow on Fox & Friends.

Good Morning America: Erin and Ben Napier, authors of Make Something Good Today: A Memoir (Gallery, $26.99, 9781501189111). They will also appear on the Rachael Ray Show.

Also on GMA: Gisele Bündchen, author of Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life (Avery, $28, 9780525538646).

Morning Joe: Walter Isaacson, author of Leonardo da Vinci (Simon & Schuster, $22, 9781501139161). He will also appear on CNBC's Squawk Box.

CBS This Morning: Rebecca Traister, author of Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger (Simon & Schuster, $27, 9781501181795). She will also appear on NPR's Morning Edition.

Watch What Happens Live: Lee Rosbach, author of Running Against the Tide: True Tales from the Stud of the Sea (Gallery, $25.99, 9781501184444).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Steve Kornacki, author of The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism (Ecco, $29.99, 9780062438980).

Tonight Show: Chelsea Clinton, author of Start Now!: You Can Make a Difference (Philomel, $16.99, 9780525514367).

TV: Virgin River; The Butchers of Berlin

Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of Virgin River, based on the 20-book Harlequin series by Robyn Carr that has sold more than 13 million copies worldwide. Her upcoming novel, The Best of Us, will be released on January 8, 2019.

In the TV series, Melinda Monroe answers an ad to work as a nurse practitioner in the remote California town of Virgin River thinking it will be the perfect place to start fresh and leave her painful memories behind. But she soon discovers that small-town living isn't quite as simple as she expected and that she must learn to heal herself before she can truly make Virgin River her home.

Reel World Management and Roma Roth are producing the project, with Sue Tenney serving as showrunner and executive producer; and Roma Roth and Chris Perry executive producing. The series will start production later this year.


Screenwriters Leonardo Fasoli and Maddalena Ravagli (Gomorrah) have been hired by Connect3 Media, Racine Media and Cineflix Media to pen the book-to-TV adaptation of Chris Petit's 2016 novel The Butchers of Berlin, Deadline reported.

"Collaborating with the creative duo of Leonardo Fasoli and Maddalena Ravagli, and the forces at Racine Media and Cineflix Media to develop a premium drama series for global audiences is incredibly exciting," said Pablo Salzman, President, Connect3. "The Butchers of Berlin is a well-paced suspenseful novel, and we look forward to combining our expertise to bring this story to life."

Books & Authors

Awards: New Mexico-Arizona Book

The finalists for the 2018 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards have been announced and can be seen here. Winners will be announced at a banquet on November 16 in Albuquerque, N.Mex.

Book Review

Review: The Proposal

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory (Berkley, $15 paperback, 336p., 9780399587689, October 30, 2018)

Jasmine Guillory (The Wedding Date) opens her lively novel The Proposal at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. It seems a perfect, idyllic day: a "clear blue sky, bright green baseball field, warm sun shining down on the thousands" of baseball fans. Nikole "Nik" Paterson--a young African American freelance journalist and writer--is sharing a day out with Fisher, her "perfectly nice, incredibly boring" beau of five months--his "blond man bun golden in the sun." Nik, not a baseball fan, would much prefer "spending this beautiful spring day with her laptop and a glass of bourbon on the rocks than outside at a baseball stadium with a warm beer." But it's Fisher's birthday, so Nik suffers through the game for the sake of her boyfriend and his accompanying friends.
In later innings, things get a lot more interesting when Nik has the surprise of her life: Fisher, an actor, proposes marriage to her on the stadium JumboTron. Nikole--faced with a scoreboard proposal, Fisher down on one knee with a ring and a crowd of 45,000 baseball fans eagerly awaiting her answer--renders a rejection. That's when "perfectly nice" Fisher turns perfectly insulting and nasty. But Nik is rescued by two other baseball fans--complete strangers--who empathize with Nik's public humiliation. Carlos Ibarra and his sister Angela swoop in, pretending to be long-lost friends of Nik. They usher her away from the sordid mess, complete with gawking fans and camera crews.
The fortuitousness of this meeting soon sparks a fling between Nik and Carlos, a conscientious, handsome young doctor and the patriarch/protector of a tight-knit Mexican American family. Carlos is very much involved with the demands of his self-appointed responsibility to everyone in his family, especially a beloved cousin during her difficult pregnancy, marred with medical complications. For Nik, the fallout from the JumboTron disaster resurrects insecurity and self-esteem issues from painful past relationships. These respective dilemmas pull Nik and Carlos in opposite directions, creating impediments to their deepening romance. They must confront what they truly want for their lives, their futures and their relationship.
Through snappy dialogue and short scenes that form the basis of a loosely crafted plot, Guillory explores the traps, pitfalls and triumphs of contemporary young love in the age of social media and viral videos, multiculturalism and diversity. Carlos played a small, memorable role in Guillory's previous novel, The Wedding Date, and two other characters from that book also make cameos in The Proposal. Carlos's dynamic extended family and Nik's wisecracking girlfriends enliven and fortify the appeal of the fast-paced storyline. However, it's the thread of junk food, sugary snacks and cultural comfort food that spices up this hip romantic comedy, bound to be a delicious treat for literary appetites craving escapism and happy endings. --Kathleen Gerard, blogger at Reading Between the Lines
Shelf Talker: After a public marriage proposal goes awry, an unlucky-in-love writer on the rebound grapples with her attraction to a handsome doctor.

AuthorBuzz: St. Martin's Press: Corinne by Rebecca Morrow
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